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Is the P67A-UD4 worth the higher price than the UD3P?

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Anonymous
April 28, 2011 2:36:33 AM

I'm personally a Huge fan of the new gigabyte color scheme... It looks great. I just wish they Implemented it for all of their products. That said, Do you personally think the UD4 is worth $20 more than the UD3P? I mean, the UD3P isn't the best for SLI/CF but it still looks like a good board.

Also, are those boards even worth it at all? should I be looking at an ASUS alternative? (even though i want to build a pc with a nice matte black Pc... eehhh >.<
a c 194 V Motherboard
April 28, 2011 3:00:11 AM

The UD3 has 2 x PCI-E slots running at x16, x4 so is suitable for 1 graphics card and maybe a physx card. The UD4 has 2 x PCI-E slots running at x16, or x8 x8 with 2 cards and supports Crossfire and Sli.
a c 107 V Motherboard
April 28, 2011 4:10:30 AM

And they are on the same level as ASUS. If I were to buy a new more expensive (my ASRock P67 Pro3 cost me $124) board for a Sandy Bridge system, my first choice would be the UD4.
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a b V Motherboard
April 28, 2011 4:36:37 AM
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The 20 dollars is just to have x8/x8. If you have no intentions of SLI/CF then save the 20 bucks. I personally bought the UD4 and am enjoying it nicely :D 
Anonymous
April 28, 2011 11:45:48 AM

Okay good to hear. I don't know if I will use a multi-card system anytime soon but I Still like the room to upgrade.
a c 177 V Motherboard
April 28, 2011 2:13:01 PM

Dunno how connected folks here are to the 'rumor mill', but may want to delay 'new box' decisions for a week or ten days:
http://www.xfastest.com/cms/tid-59703/

Intel's 'legal' release date for these is sometime next week - somehow, a batch 'leaked' onto the shelves in Taiwan...

If the rumors are correct, GB will be completely dropping further P67 products - will only do 'Z's!

Interesting point: first, take a peek at this product:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z68 will support this 'flash cache' functionality, somehow, natively... What I haven't seen yet is exactly how - whether it will be a function available as one of the SATA3 ports, or whether it will use the (so far, undefined) ONFi interface.

'Nother thing that's worth a peek is some of the releases of info re GB's upcoming UEFI replacement for BIOS:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MoboTV2010?feature=mhum
http://gigabytedaily.blogspot.com/2011/04/gigabyte-touc...
a c 107 V Motherboard
April 28, 2011 5:01:40 PM

Gigabyte has already announced that their P67 boards will stay in production until at least the end of 2011. Their H67 boards will stay in production well into 2012.

Z68 has Intel Smart Response. If you have a small SSD and a regular hard drive, it will use the SSD as cache for that hard drive which will speed up transfers. Real-world testing of it suggests that the benefits are minimal -- maybe 5MB/s faster transfer speed. It will probably be another failure like ReadyBoost and Robson technology (a.k.a. Intel Turbo Memory). Especially this time because it requires an expensive SSD to do the caching.

And Gigabyte Touch is simply a Windows program for modifying BIOS settings. For whatever reason, they aren't ready to do a real UEFI so they are doing it through Windows instead.
Anonymous
April 29, 2011 12:16:46 AM

Is Z68 going to cost more or less than P67?


Okay, next thing. 6850 + a better psu and save for crossfire, a GTX 560 Ti, or 6950

I tend to use vReveal a lot, which supports CUDA.
a b V Motherboard
April 29, 2011 12:26:36 AM

z68 is going to be fairly pricey. I believe the difference between the p67 ud7 and the z68 ud7 was around 100 bucks if I remember. Shouldn't be as far a difference in the lower models but won't know that until they release.

6950 2GB > 6950 1GB = 560 ti > 6850 stock values

The 560 can be super overclocked to around 1Ghz core making it a superior if you oc and the 2GB 6950 can flash the 6970's bios to it. 560 supports CUDA so that's another pro for 560. I personally own the MSI twin frozer II 560 ti and am quite satisfied with it.
a c 107 V Motherboard
April 29, 2011 12:27:37 AM

It'll probably be at the upper end of P67 pricing at first.

Get a highly-clocked 560 Ti, like the Gigabyte Super Overclock (950MHz core model). At that speed, it's roughly the same as a 570.
Anonymous
April 29, 2011 12:49:40 AM

I was considering getting a 460 1GB, those are cheap now (not the SE version though). I just don't feel obligated to spend $250 on a video card now.
a c 194 V Motherboard
April 29, 2011 1:52:24 AM

The 460 is still a good 1920 x 1080 card. Not to mention they easily overclock, are cheap and SLI quite well. I have an EVGA GTX460 1GB running at 821-1642-2000 and thats not really even pushing the card.
a c 177 V Motherboard
April 29, 2011 11:13:54 AM

Ye gods! Now I know hell has reliably frozen over, and any day now, CERN will produce a Higgs Boson that will collapse the planet into a three-quarter inch sphere of neutronium!!

That touch BIOS thing is a windoze front-end to the BIOS? That's like letting Rube Goldberg design the fuse for your nuclear weapons! What are they thinking? I just saw the slides and said "might make UEFI worthwhile, after all..."

Can you perhaps point me at some of the data and/or reviews for the 'flash cache' thingie? I've always been surprised that hybrid drives never really took off, and haven't seen any testing yet of the HighPoint toy... Seemed odd to me, though, that HighPoint only put a single port on it for a hard drive, rather than an LSI ROC for some kind (at least, say, four drives...) of an array.
Anonymous
April 29, 2011 12:00:00 PM

anort3 said:
The 460 is still a good 1920 x 1080 card. Not to mention they easily overclock, are cheap and SLI quite well. I have an EVGA GTX460 1GB running at 821-1642-2000 and thats not really even pushing the card.
If I want to keep this system upgradeable over time, How many watts and amperage should I be looking at on the 12v rail if I'm going to SLi two 460's?
a c 177 V Motherboard
April 29, 2011 2:08:52 PM

ThermalTake has an on-line PSU calculator that both seems to be well-maintained (i.e., cards, especially vidcards, are updated pretty close to card release...) and to give reasonable answers. You can find it here...
a c 194 V Motherboard
April 29, 2011 6:41:03 PM

^ +1 The online PSU calculator will be better than me ;) 

If it was me buying a new power supply though I would get a Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling , XFX, Antec, Silverstone or Enermax brand in the 550w-650w range for 2 x GTX460s. For future video card upgrades maybe keep it in the 650w-750w range and you will be covered for just about anything. Especially since you are keeping it on a budget.

I have had my GTX460 with both an E8400 overclocked to 4.050Ghz and this i7 2600K at 4.5Ghz and it handles the games I play, Dragon Age and Dragon Age II, Mass Effect/ II, Fallout 3/ New Vegas Ect. just fine.
a c 103 V Motherboard
April 30, 2011 12:40:01 AM

I'd get an ULTRA power supply. Can't beat the lifetime warranty!
a c 194 V Motherboard
April 30, 2011 12:49:12 AM

Do NOT get an Ultra power supply. That gimmick of a lifetime warranty does not cover the other parts the POS Ultra takes with it when it dies. They DO NO make high end power supplies except the x4 1000w unit I have read decent things about. Every other unit made by them is in the "do not buy" category.
a c 103 V Motherboard
April 30, 2011 1:45:20 AM

Yup, the LS series of Ultra PSUs leaves a little to be desired. I think the Ultra LSP series are decent. The new Ultra X4 series is gonna be my next buy for a power supply. They are super stable. Or at least the several reviews I've read say this. Haven't heard any horror stories about them yet.
Anonymous
May 10, 2011 11:59:59 AM

Best answer selected by burningskyline.
a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:56:48 PM

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